Illegal metal seized by police in day of action against rogue scrap metal dealers

Scrap metal has been seized by police

Scrap metal has been seized by police

First published in News

ILLEGAL loads of metal were seized from two vehicles as part of a day of action by Dorset Police.

Officers targeted the Ferndown Industrial Estate on Friday, alongside the Environment Agency in a bid to clamp down on those involved in metal theft and the disposal of stolen goods.

They carried out stop-checks as part of Operation Tornado – a nationwide initiative which aims to reduce metal theft.

Officers also used the opportunity to provide education about the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 legislation, which requires dealers and collectors to be licensed by the local authority.

A total of 36 vehicles were stopped and illegal loads were seized from two.

Officers from the Environment Agency also reported a further four people for waste infringements.

Detective Sergeant Mark Jenkins said: “The ultimate aim of the operation is to reduce the amount of metal stolen and sold at scrap metal dealers.

“I hope the operation sends out a very clear message that Dorset Police will deal proactively with those who fail to comply with the licensing regulations.”

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1:40pm Tue 4 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

who's vehicles had the illegal scrap in it ? If it was actually the scrap yards own vehicles then its the scrap yards own stupid fault,however if it was seized from a member of the general public about to weigh it in then the vehicle should have been impounded and the owner arrested
who's vehicles had the illegal scrap in it ? If it was actually the scrap yards own vehicles then its the scrap yards own stupid fault,however if it was seized from a member of the general public about to weigh it in then the vehicle should have been impounded and the owner arrested alasdair1967
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12:24pm Wed 5 Mar 14

zabadoo says...

Did they find any post boxes? They seem to be the latest target in rural areas.
Did they find any post boxes? They seem to be the latest target in rural areas. zabadoo
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8:19pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Chris the plumber says...

how can metal be illegal, it can be stolen or it could be transported and stored illegaly.... who edits these stories ...
how can metal be illegal, it can be stolen or it could be transported and stored illegaly.... who edits these stories ... Chris the plumber
  • Score: 5

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